Every season, a handful teams in every division start off strong.
A win to start the season is a great way to kick off a new campaign. Back-to-back wins helps to settle everyone's nerves. Three on the spin is dreamland.
But no club, before or since, has achieved what Reading did at the start of the 1985/86 campaign... 13 consecutive league wins to begin the Division 3 season!
It was a team that had a bit of knowhow and could find a way to win. And there was no harm in having Trevor Senior in the side, who would become our all-time leading goalscorer, and being captained by Martin Hicks, who went on to become all-time leading appearance-maker!
Under the stewardship of Ian Branfoot, the Royals earned promotion as champions that season and claimed a place in English football's second tier for the 1986/87 season - the first time since 1931 that Reading had been at that level.
Those opening 13 games were tightly-contested matches but each opponent succumbed to our side. Blackpool (1-0), Plymouth (1-0), Bristol Rovers (3-2), Cardiff (3-1), Walsall (2-1), Rotherham (2-1), Brentford (2-1), Swansea (2-0), Doncaster (1-0), Chesterfield (4-2), Bolton (1-0), Newport (2-0) and Lincoln (1-0) - all were defeated.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, in our 14th league outing, were the first to come away with something to show for their efforts; they left Elm Park with a 2-2 draw and a share of the points on October 23rd.
At the start of every season since, we have watched carefully to see how long the other clubs can keep up a winning-streak... week on week, more clubs fall at a hurdle until none are left standing. No-one has ever matched our achievement.